AVG Internst Security 2013 (2013.0.3345) – Paidware Review

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results


Price: $49.99 USD/ $59.99 CAD – For 1 year and 1 PC

A. Installation AVG 2.5Poor – This aspect of AVG has almost completely collapsed, in on itself. I am very sad to report that all thou AVG Free Anti-Virus 2013 is way better in the installation department. Then AVG Internet Security 2013.  Which without any reservations is an huge epic fail. On most systems.

B. Uninstalling AVG2.0Poor – AVG Internet Security 2013 is very sloppy uninstaller.


C. Stability Of Program –  4.0Great” – Not as stable as AVG Free 2013. But way better then the early builds. I have reviewed prior to this one.


D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus3.0 Average” – Still quite a few issues reported. But mostly on older operating systems such as XP and Vista. Also a very common false positive has been fixed. That issue being the Auto-run Trojan when inserting new unformatted USB sticks.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating 3.5Average” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some epic slowness. I’m still not sure why. I have often run into times where it will stall on 30%, or 50% and it seem like forever before you get the 100% completed notice.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue – 5.0 Excellent – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test2.0 Poor– You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.


1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP2.0 Poor

1B. Windows Vista3.0 Average

1C. Windows 73.0 Average

1D. Windows 84.0Great


2. Residential Shield Test 3.0Average – I still find AVIRA and AVAST seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.


Computers Protection


3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 3.5Average” – AVG is barely scoring an average in this respect. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.


Web Browsing Protection


4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.


Identity Protection


5A. Identity Protection 2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

5B. Identity Alert – This feature appears to need a further upgrade. Beyond your main purchase of AVG Internet Security 2013.


E-mail Protection


6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.

6B. Anti-Spam3.0 Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.




7. Firewall5.0 Excellent – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall


Extra Features


8. PC Analyzer (AKA. Fix Performance) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free Smart Phone or Tablet app from the Google Play Store. Again let me make it clear even thou you have paid for AVG Internet Security 2013. You don’t get AVG Pro Smart Phone app.

10. Speed Test – 5.0Excellent– I found this addition to be very useful and very accurate as well. If only all speed tests apps/programs and or sites were this worry free.

11. Tech Buddy Support0.0Abysmal” – This is just a money grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and very overall misleading.

12. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is a MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and very overall misleading.


My Overall Score: 75/125

60.0 % = C


My Final Verdict – AVG Internet Security 2013 takes what it once was and flips it on its heads. Then presents itself as a new more user friendly version of its past iterations. “Well sorry guys, That won’t fly with me.”

This version of AVG and I’m talking about all AVG 2013 versions. Are clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was. When I first upgraded from AVG Internet Security 2012.


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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


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